Asthma and Respiratory
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ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It treats bronchospasm. Bronchospasm is when you have trouble breathing and make loud or whistling sounds when you breathe. This drug opens the airways in the lungs so it is easier to breathe. Do not use this medicine to treat an acute asthma attack or bronchospasm.
Albuterol may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this medicine by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Albuterol contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Albuterol is only for you. Do not share Albuterol with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions (skin rash, itching or hives; swelling of the face, lips, or tongue)
-heartbeat rhythm changes (trouble breathing; chest pain; dizziness; fast, irregular heartbeat; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls)
-increase in blood pressure
-muscle cramps, pain
-pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-nasal congestion (runny or stuffy nose)
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Albuterol. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
-anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine
-medicines for colds
-medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions
-medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
-some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid
-some heart medicines
-steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
-diabetes (high blood sugar)
-high blood pressure
-irregular heartbeat or rhythm
-an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Talk to your health care provider about how to treat an acute asthma attack or bronchospasm (wheezing). Be sure to always have a short-acting inhaler with you. If you use your short-acting inhaler and your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, call your health care provider right away.
You and your health care provider should develop an Asthma Action Plan that is just for you. Be sure to know what to do if you are in the yellow (asthma is getting worse) or red (medical alert) zones.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or allergies without asking your health care provider for advice. Some of these medicines can affect this one.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your health care provider if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or expired:
-Take the medicine to a medicine take-back program. Check with your pharmacy or law enforcement to find a location.
-If you cannot return the medicine, check the label or package insert to see if the medicine should be thrown out in the garbage or flushed down the toilet. If you are not sure, ask your health care provider. If it is safe to put in the trash, empty the medicine out of the container. Mix the medicine with cat litter, dirt, coffee grounds, or other unwanted substance. Seal the mixture in a bag or container. Put it in the trash.